Membership for individuals and organisations provides for:

  • Convening forums that focus on current issues in water safety, beach and facility management, coordination and planning for industry workshops, training and community education programs, seminars and APOLA participation in local, state, federal and international forums.
  • Co-ordination of an Annual National Conference.
  • Provision of advice on water safety, management aquatic facilities and coastal assets, risk management in and around protected and open waters, tourism support, professional lifeguard and aquatics professionals training.
  • Management of the APOLA Board of Education, Training, Examination and Awards which oversees a comprehensive training and education awards system for lifeguards, surf coaches, teachers, parents and other community groups.
  • Delivering beach water safety education and training programs for pre school, school, adult, senior adult, surf coaches, school teachers and lifeguards.
  • Conducting the annual Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Championships for Wave Pool and Ocean Lifeguards, and other regional events including inter-Council Lifeguard Challenge competitions such as the Annual Bondi Lifeguard Challenge Relay each February
  • Recognising outstanding professional service for professional lifeguards and non-lifeguard individuals who have: saved life and/or prevented serious injury through feats of bravery and demonstration of high level rescue and first aid skills; developed innovative rescue equipment; or have developed first aid, rescue and other procedures which effectively improve safety in the workplace. The Annual Meritorious & Outstanding Service Awards Dinner enables professional ocean lifeguards the opportunity to recognise, celebrate and reward colleagues for their commitment to lifeguarding.

Membership is available for individuals and organisations and is renewable annually from 1st May just prior to the annual conference


  • Professional – for individuals currently employed as lifeguards
  • Trainee – for individuals training to be lifeguards
  • Associate – for individuals no longer working as lifeguards
  • Community – for individuals attaining an APOLA Training Award or participating in an Association organised event such as the Annual Conference.
  • Support – for other individuals interested in support of association activities.


  • Councils – for Councils operating Ocean Lifeguard Services and/or aquatic facilities including Wave Pools
  • Associate Organisations – organisations supportive of aquatic safety
  • Sponsors – organisations contributing to the development and delivery of Association programs

Annual Membership Fees

Individual annual membership fees (including GST): $22

Organisation annual membership fees (including GST): 110

Membership Benefits

Individual Membership

  • Individual Membership Card
  • National Professional Lifeguard Registration (Professional Members)
  • Distinguished Service and other special recognition awards eligibility
  • Information and Advisory Services including Positions Vacant, Event Notices and Surf Alerts
  • Newsletters including OCEAN LIFEGUARD and APOLA ENEWS
  • Discounts for industry training, workshops, conferences, reports and other publications
  • Discounts on merchandise including footwear, shirts, caps, towels, swimwear wetsuits and sunglasses

Organisation Membership

  • Organisation Membership Certificate
  • Distinguished Service and other special recognition awards eligibility
  • Information and Advisory Services including Positions Vacant, Event Notices, Surf Alerts and Aquatics Information Bulletins.
  • Newsletters including OCEAN LIFEGUARD and APOLA ENEWS
  • Eligibility for participation in training, workshops, conferences and special events
  • Discounts for staff training, workshops, conferences, reports and other industry publications

Continuing Membership

A reduced fee membership for individuals is available for members choosing a 5, 10, 20, 25 or 50 year member subscription. To become a continuing member please use the continuing individual membership scheme form to select: silver, gold, super gold, diamond, or grand diamond levels.

Life Membership

From time to time Association members are awarded Life Membership in recognition of service to the Association and wider Aquatics and Water Safety Sector.

2022-23 APOLA Individual Membership Form

2022-23 APOLA Organisation membership form

2022-23 APOLA Continuing Individual Membership Scheme Form